by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 17 - 24, 2016
selection of religion news stories from Australia.
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).
If you’re after the
unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.
Pell calls on rich to
pay debt (The Australian)
Jan 18 - Societies such as Australia are unwilling to admit to living beyond their means, says Cardinal George Pell.
Texts, internet, social
networks are 'gift of God' if used wisely: Pope Francis (Brisbane Times)
Jan 23 - Vatican City: Pope Francis, who has acknowledged being "a disaster" when it comes to technology, said on Friday that the internet, social networks and text messages were "a gift of God" if used wisely.
Pope defends traditional
Jan 23 - Pope Francis has issued a stern reminder of the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage as a fierce debate raged in Italy ahead of a vote that would give legal recognition to homosexual couples.
Danish town makes pork
mandatory in public institutions, pleasing anti-Islamic lobby (ABC
Jan 20 - A Danish town's decision to make public institutions serve pork has won praise from the anti-immigration lobby, which cited its own "fight against Islamic rules and misguided considerations".
Chess is gloriously
rebellious. Maybe that’s what Saudi Arabia’s mufti fears (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 22 – (Opinion: Stephen Moss) The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, does not like chess.
Dutch far-right leader tells
women to carry self-defence spray against ‘Islamic testosterone bombs’ (news.com.au)
Jan 24 - THE Dutch debate on refugees and asylum seekers has come to this: Firebrand politician Geert Wilders handing out self-defence sprays to women fearful of what he describes as “Islamic testosterone bombs” in the wake of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.
evangelicals, says Christianity 'under siege' (The West Australian)
Jan 19 - Lynchburg (United States) (AFP) - Donald Trump declared himself a defender of besieged Christians in a campaign speech to more than 11,000 people, as the Republican presidential frontrunner openly courted evangelicals two weeks before the first nomination vote.
British extremist Abu
Haleema turns to Australia (Brisbane
Jan 21 - A British preacher considered so extreme in his home country that he has been kicked out of mosques and spurned by the Islamic community has turned his gaze to Australia and is quickly building a support base in Sydney and Melbourne.
Australia Day 2016:
Muslims to distribute 'loyalty to country' leaflets (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 23 - This Australia Day, Muslims will be distributing leaflets adorned with the national flag around Canberra to profess their loyalty to the country.
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull to articulate Australia's Islamic State fight (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 19 - The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will use a speech during his first day of his visit to Washington, DC, to explain both why Australia is engaged in the battle against Islamic State, and why he refuses to use heated language that casts the battle against terrorism as a broader ideological war.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Why Trump and Islamic
State are two sides of the same (ignorant) coin (Brisbane Times)
Jan 21 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Donald Trump and Islamic State: the populist property buffoon and the jihadist militants.
Youth pastor Kris
Guglielmucci killed by lightning strike at Cornerstone College at Mount Barker (Adelaide Now)
Jan 23 - A MAN who was struck and killed by a bolt of lightning during a church camp in the Adelaide Hills was a father of four and a youth pastor with a northern suburbs church.
How did my communist
family get it so wrong? Because politics was their religion (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 23 – (Opinion: Martin Kettle) The first public event I can remember took place in 1953. I was three years old.
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